FabFitFun Summer 2014 First Impressions
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This summer I decided to splurge on my first two subscription boxes, and the first arrived while I was away in Michigan: the FabFitFun VIP box. To be honest, this one was a real impulse buy – I have been wanting the MustHave box, but found a better coupon for FabFitFun, so I ordered it. I thought I’d give a quick first impressions post since I probably won’t break open a lot of the products until after I move to prevent leaks. Off we go:
Sonya Dakar Flash Facial: At $95, this was the “big ticket” item in the box and nothing I would ever splurge on in real life. I won’t use this until I move, but I was almost out of my facial cleanser anyway, so it was a nice inclusion.
pur~lisse pur~protect SPF 30: Let’s first address how much I hate the use of the “~” in branding. Now that that’s taken care of, I have used this and do like it. It’s light enough to wear under makeup and kept my face from getting sunburned out on the lake. Again, I would never spend $55 on sunscreen (it’s hard enough for me to spend $10 on it,) but I liked getting another useful item.
Thursday Friday Away Mini Clutch/Makeup Bag: Here’s where things began to go off the rails for me. I have always thought these things were HORRIBLY tacky, and when this was one of the “revealed” products, I tried to cancel. However, the print I got is actually pretty cute, and they aren’t so offensive when they’re the small clutch style vs. a large tote. The retail here is $35, and we also got $30 gift cards for the Thursday Friday website. (Since it has to be used on a $35 purchase, I will likely not use this, or I’ll save it and use to knock a Christmas present out.)
Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil: I haven’t used this product yet either but I’m very excited to since my hair tends to frizz out a little. Happy with this inclusion since it has argan, jojoba, and tamanu oils and probably smells pretty fabulous – $25.
FabFitFun Water Infuser BPA-free Water Bottle: I have wanted an infusion bottle for awhile, so I was pretty pumped about this – except that the first time I tried to open this $15 bottle, I broke it. I was at least able to fix it, but I still sort of have a complaint: while the “Grab life by the gym balls” saying is cute enough, it’s not very work-appropriate.
Zoya Nail Polish: I’m a big fan of Zoya polish so I’m happy about this inclusion and the color. The color is very summery, but it seems like the box should have come in June instead of July, because now I feel like summer is mostly over. $9.
KISSTIXX Lip Balm: these are lip balms that come in pairs with flavours that are supposed to compliment each other, but my box only had one lipstick. Womp womp. The lemon flavor I got is very potent. The listed retail is $5.99, but I saw the two-pack on clearance at Kroger yesterday for $2.50. I do like that it has SPF and it holds up very well in heat – I had it by the pool in 100+ degree weather for two days in a row and it didn’t melt at all (that alone makes a purchase worth it for me.)
POPChips: I haven’t eaten these yet because I got the sea salt and vinegar flavor. Not a fan at all. Hopefully someone at family vaca will eat them.
Slimfast Have Your Cake Meal Bar: haven’t eaten yet. Supposed to taste like vanilla cake in a 180 cal bar.
Skintimate Travel Shave Gel: Another WTF item for me. I’ll use it I guess, but I don’t typically use shaving cream (I use coconut oil.)
Always Xtra Protection Liners: I don’t get periods soo… not useful.
Overall, I think the box was a good value, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by any of the items and I’ll probably cancel the subscription in lieu of the PopSugar box (which I am consistently impressed by.)